Friday, 26 April 2013

Interview with the fantastic L.R. Wright author of Basement Level 5: Never Scared


I have the privilege to interview the fantastic L. R. Wright, Black Opal Books author of Basement Level 5: Never Scared, today. Welcome Leslie, I’m happy you were able to make the time to chat with me. She also happens to be my W word for the day.


NP: How long have you been writing? 
LW: I’ve been writing in some form since I was a little girl.  I’ve always had a penchant for making up stories.  I dabbled in poetry as an undergrad and wrote a journal that turned into my first full length novel. 

NP: Where did you get the idea for The Basement-Level Five? 
LW: As cliché as this sounds, it was actually from a dream.  I had a vivid dream about this cast of characters who escaped into an underground lair for protection.  The dream wasn’t just one night, either.  I dreamed about these same characters for a whole week.  They wouldn’t leave me alone. LOL

NP: To me there is nothing better than a female who can kick you know what. Were the fight scenes difficult for you to write? 
LW: I researched how to write fight scenes.  Ask anyone in my family, I’m so different than my characters in this book.  I was around people who fought, but I hate violence and guns.  Go figure.

NP: Who has influenced you the most in your writing? 
LW: My mother.  She passed recently and I keep hearing her voice in my head.  I always think about that television show, A Different World.  The first line of the theme song says I know my parents love me, stand behind me come what may.  That’s my life.  I had an awesome mother.  She stood behind me through everything and always encouraged me to do better.  But as much as she did that, I had to kind of step out there on my own to the Different World.  Boy that was cheesy. LOL  But it’s true.  It’s a different world out there.  Another thing is my mother was an educator for 30+ years.  She instilled in me the importance of reading and feeding my imagination with the pages of a book.

NP: You have my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman. Which movie or television character best represents you?  
LW: As much as I love movies, I have no idea.  Let me see… I guess I could say Leslie Wright in the movie Just Wright.  HA!  That character seemed to be closest to me, always in the background.  Everyone’s BFF.  Finally she had enough and realized she deserved better.  That’s me, and I did end up with the guy. LOL

NP: Do you have any works in progress? 
LW: I’m working on so many things.  Finished my second book and shopping it around.  But I’m really excited about my next two books.  One of them is TOP secret, but the other one is another contemporary romance/women’s fiction.

NP: Anything you want to say to your current and future fans? 
LW: Thanks for supporting me.  And I appreciate all the awesome people I’ve met and I hope you enjoy taking this ride with me.

NP: Please give an analogy of what writing is like for you.
LW: It’s like… a hot flash.  One minute I’m good and the next it’s like someone sets me on the stove and scorches me from the inside out.  And when it’s done my hair is a mess because I’m sweating and then I feel a gust of wind and I’m ice cold and exhausted.  What a ride.  It’s like that when I’m writing.  When I’m writing, and in a zone, I’m hot.  But then I go through the “I hate everything about what I wrote” period.  That’s the cold.  It’s like a rollercoaster ride.

NP: Great analogy. Thank you for letting me harass you with my questions.
LW: I had a good time.  Thanks for having me, Nana.  Sorry it took so long. 

You are right on time Leslie.

Here is the blurb.

Alexa Martinez was raised to believe that murder, deceit, and lies were a part of life. A trained killer, she follows in her father's footsteps, specializing in political assassinations for Martinez Security--contracted through the CIA. She thrives on the power, money, respect, and--most of all--the adrenaline rush. 

Despite the danger associated with her profession, Alexa strives to give her children a normal life. But when her past catches up with her, they become pawns in a deadly game of revenge. Operating from a secret base, five levels below ground, Alexa struggles to unravel the puzzle, uncovering secrets that will alter their lives forever. Now she must make a choice--is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet-proof glass?


Where can my lovely readers find your book?

My website:  www.lwrightauthor.com (still under construction)
Twitter:  @LWrightAuthor

23 comments:

  1. Dreams are great for inspiration! Our minds go to strange and wonderful places when we're relaxed or asleep.

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    1. Yes they do. I'm always visiting strange places and seeing strange people in my dreams.

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    2. I wish it was easier to remember our dreams. It's usually the weirder ones that we remember easily.

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  2. Great post ladies! And Leslie, you are amazing - I know in my heart that you will be so successful. Can't wait to read your next books. <3

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    1. Thanks Christine! You're AWESOME too.

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    2. Thanks Christine. Leslie is amazing.

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  3. Sounds like an emotional book. I get many story ideas from dreams, though none for a whole week in a row!

    Rinelle Grey

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    1. It was an emotional ride for me, Rinelle. I couldn't believe it while it was happening.

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    2. Leslie had to get the message. One week did it.

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  4. What an analogy Leslie. Hot Flash from the inside out, yeah...I enjoyed reading Basement Level 5, face paced and shoot 'em up scenes. I picture a movie in the making with this one. Good Interview, Nana and Leslie.

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    1. Thanks Cathrina! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I can't wait for the movie (from your mouth to God's ears)!

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    2. I loved her writing analogy too.

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  5. Nice interview, ladies. I read Basement Level 5 and highly recommend it to everyone! Can't wait to read the next ones!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. It's sitting in my Kindle and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  6. Nana, you're AWESOME! Thanks for having me!

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    1. It was my pleasure. I'm smiling. You too are awesome.

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  7. Such a wonderful interview. Greatly Inspired! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    2. Thank you! Thanks for coming by!

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  8. Congratulations to L.R. Wright on her book.

    How awesome is it that you could dream about the same characters for a whole week!

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    1. Thank you! It was awesome and a little weird. lol But I'm so glad I did. I love these characters.

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